Examples of texts

The Lord's Prayer

Setswana text

English version

Rara wa rona yo o kwa legodimong,
leina ja gago a le itshepisiwe,
puso ya gago a e tle,
thato ya gago a e dirwe mo lefatsheng jaaka kwa legodimong.
O re fe gompieno bogobe jwa rona jwa malatsi,
O re itshwarele dibe rona
jaaka le rona re itshwarela ba ba re leofetseng,
O se ka wa re isa mo thaelong,
mme O re golole mo bosuleng.
Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be Thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. 
Thy will be done on earth 
as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread 
and forgive us our trespasses 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

Tirelo ya Dipuo tsa Boset¹haba
(National Language Service)

Setswana text


Tirelo ya Dipuo tsa Boset¹haba e rotloetsa le go bebofatsa tlhaeletsano ka dipuo. Go tshegetsa ditlhokego tsa Molaotheo, Tirelo ya Dipuo tsa Boset¹haba (NLS) e laola dipuo tse di farologaneng tsa set¹haba sa rona, e bile e rwele maikarabelo a go tlhokomela dipuo tsotlhe tsa batho ba rona ka go tsenya tirisong dipholisi tse di ikaeletseng go tsweletsa tiriso ya dipuo tse, gammogo le dipuo tse pele di neng di ikgatolositswe. The National Language Service promotes and facilitates communication across languages. In keeping with the language requirements of the Constitution the National Language Service manages the linguistic diversity of our society and is responsible for harnessing all the languages of our people by putting into practical effect policy measures aimed at promoting the use of these languages, also those languages that have historically been neglected. : Setswana

© J. Olivier (2009)